First event.......

After a quick wiz on the sewing machine to transform my daughter into, 'Alpaca by Rosemary Billam' for World Book Day, swept away by Doris, preparation for the Spring Market at The Roundhouse, Derby everything was under way. 

Creating a mock up in my kitchen, putting together bespoke props, vintage pieces to reflect my love of the countryside and all that goes with it. And always a cup of tea by my side!

 

I decided to block print my labels and other information, giving an overall fluid feel like the water colours. It all came together well and I was pleased with the results.

Having had the unexpected news that my Dad had passed away the week before the event, I am now pleased I still attended. Debs the organiser was very kind as were lots of the other stall holders. My extremely supportive husband came with me too, helping to put the stand together. This is where the mock up in my kitchen really helped. I was able to look back at photos, adapt it a little but something I will deffinately do again and advise others too. 

 

The over all effect I accomplished and was pleased under the circumstances. The customers were very positive with their comments. Lots of great feed back and things for me to think about. New ideas, different events, stand ideas, what to change, what my customers liked and why.

Which brings me to whats New for Sweet Pea Designs. I am in the process of designing the alphabet with each letter illustrated with an individual rabbit. I have started with my daughters name to give you an idea of how a collection would look. Here is a close up of the first letter. Once I have drawn the alphabet and numbers 1-10 I will be having them printed and they will be able to be purchased on my website. 

Ive had a wonderful trip to the fabulous Emma Bridgewater factory with my bestie and our children to start the Easter holidays. Creating my own Easter plate. I look forward to seeing the results this week! Some times its nice to use my painting skills on another medium and seeing how it changes, what effects I can play with and working in another environment x 

It's been an emotional Easter break in many ways. But with the support of my wonderful family and friends I'm getting through it. I've enjoyed local walks in the glorious sunshine, our first picnic to the National Trusts Kedleston Hall, the fab West Midland Safari Park and a traditional Easter hunt in the garden.

But this year Easter has been a particulary memorable one, as my brother with his wife and 14 month son (who we hadn't met before) arrived on Easter Sunday to be re united with us. Family is so very important to me and will always come first. 

 

The month of love.........x

Well, January ended on a high as it was my birthday. It was lovely to spend some quality time with my family and friends, I was spoilt to bits. And we are now creeping towards the end of February!!! 

Its been a productive month with my main focus on the Derbyshire Spring Market in March. Making sure my stand will live up to the quality I have enjoyed in the past. One exciting delivery arrived quite early, my sign! I wanted to make sure my logo is eye catching but also presented in a unique style. I can't give the game away but if you pop along to the event you'll see what I mean. I will post a few images on Instagram and my March blog after the show.

I have been painting away and posting images of my work on social media. Showing you all what I have been up to and because of this I have had quite a few sales, particularly through Instagram. This black and white rabbit has sold to Ali Leja designs based in Georgia, USA. Im so over whelmed by the support I have received from everyone. 

I have continued with my walking and goal of getting fitter. Walking with my family every Sunday and started running again! There's nothing better than being out in the countryside, contemplating the week gone by and thoughts of whats to come, christening my new wellies was fun too in all the mud!

My next commission came from Fife, Scotland. I was honoured to be asked to paint a gorgeous Flatcoated Retreiver that has passed away. A very special piece that would mean so much to the family I was painting it for. I had some lovely feedback and they were very pleased. Commissions like these are so special to customers and such a privilege to paint. I do get a little nervous once they are all packaged up and ready to be sent in the post. But once the feedback is given and I know the customer is happy, I can rest!

 

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February also brought half term, a week I can enjoy with my little girl making rabbit biscuits, few days out, walks and being creative. Amongst this week I have been continuing with my illustrations and working on the scenes for the children's book I am collaborating on. My Monday teasers have been quite popular and I've had lots of positive feedback. 

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From seeing both styles of my workI have been asked to design a business logo for a new customer. Its all very exciting and I look forward to sharing with you next month the results. 

There has been lots of preparation for the Spring Market at The Roundhouse, Derby. Painting crates, collecting items for the stand, jars for flowers and hoping my bulbs will be in full bloom in my terracotta pots!!!! My paintings are now being mounted and framed with hand stamped prices on luggage labels. 

I look forward to posting on social media in the last few weeks leading up to the event and images of my stand. So keep a look out, follow me on the journey and I will keep you all posted on new and exciting news for March. 

What a start to the year........

Well I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have re charged the batteries. I had a very relaxed festive holiday and have lots to tell you for the beginning of the year so far. 

My main aim for this year for Sweet Pea Designs was to explore fairs and I am really pleased to announce I will be attending the Spring home, food and gift market, The Roundhouse, Derby. I will be amongst other stall holders such as Joy Interiors, Paper Cotton and Sally's Shed. The fair will be on the 19th March 10am - 4pm so pop along, I'd love to see you there. 

January has seen me exploring my lovely village for lots of walks, coming across so many beautiful horses, I'll have to paint one soon. The garden is showing signs of bulbs peeping through the soil already and indoors there in full bloom and smelling amazing. 

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The website I'm delighted to say has had fantastic feedback and many views which I'm so pleased about. Christmas commission also have been received with many compliments and emails of them in situ. This piece was designed in my illustrative style for a Grandma capturing her four Grandsons and love of rabbits. I particularly liked Arthur here, nick named by the family as king Arthur, hence the sword and crown!

My other exciting piece of news is that I am collaborating with The Country Shed, selling my original pieces through her website too. For carefully selected country inspired home and gift business to sell on the market place Steph has set up. I'm so grateful to have been asked and feedback already has overwhelmed me. With many more followers on Instagram and such lovely comments. Take a look at www.thecountryshed.co.uk I have two original pieces for sale a calf and runner duck. 

And just to keep you on your toes...............I have also been developing the scenes for the illustrations to accompany the children's stories. We have lots in the development stages at the moment but again I'm delighted with the feedback already and meet regular with the author. A publisher has been contacted so watch this space!!!! Enjoy the Monday morning teasers.....x